BioShock Infinite: How to Fix Crashes, Lags, and Errors

BioShock Infinite: Fix Errors

BioShock Infinite: Fix Errors

BioShock Infinite...This is, perhaps, one of the most interesting games in the BioShock series (which is a lot from me considering I'm not much of a fan). Available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (PS3), and Windows PC, it is awesome on all systems. If you have a PC, then you can even get it through both Origin, as well as Steam. This particular BioShock takes place in a floating sky city full of racist people! Like -- oh my!

Enable 1999 Mode in BioShock Infinite

So BioShock Infinite has several levels of difficulty. The regular ones -- easy, normal, hard...And one called 1999 Mode.

What's 1999 mode? It has less respawn points, money is hard to come by, death has more penalties, enemies are harder, you are weaker, etc.

How do you enable BioShock Infinite's 1999 mode? There are two ways.

1) Beat the game to unlock it.
2) Use one of the below codes (depending on if you are using a console or computer)

PC (with keyboardmouse): Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, (Cancel key), (Confirm key)
PS3: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, O, X
Xbox: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A

BioShock Infinite Crashing / Lagging / Freezing

Did you know that all of these problems originate from similar issues? Well, sometimes they do.
-- In the MY DOCUMENTS area of your computer, open the BioShock folder and locate XEngine.ini. Open it and increase the PoolSize! OR try lowering it. Both can help.
Example path: My Documents\My Games\BioShock Infinite\XGame\Config\
-- ADD the following flag as a launch option in STEAM -ReadTexturePoolFromIni
-- Disable VSYNC to stop stuttering issues / screen tearing
-- Decrease your resolution and gfx settings
-- Upgrade your video card drivers! They give you better performance since they are optimized for this game. So go to NVIDIA or ATI's website for their graphics card drivers.

BioShock 2 Graphic Errors: Black Menus / Hud, etc

These are annoying. Parts of the HUD and menus will be missing or blackened out. The provided fix may work for you, but it also may not. Note these errors are usually with older graphics cards.
-- Upgrade your drivers
-- Run the game in compatibility mode (try Windows XP SP3, as well as Windows Vista)
-- Right click on the shortcut for the game, then hit PROPERTIES. Add the following flag to the end of the target text: -dx9

Fix BioShock Infinite VSYNC Problem

For whatever reason, VSYNC simply does not work well in this game. It is VERY fixable though. These directions are pretty loose in their description. My apologies. I don't have time right now to make them more specific (and I use a NVIDIA card instead of an ATI card -- so my directions are more geared towards such).

1) Firstly, disable VSYNC in the BioShock Infinite options.
2) Next, open your graphics card's control panel (i.e. NVIDIA Control Panel, ATI Catalyst)
3) You can make a custom profile here if you wish, but what we are aiming to do in here is to have VSYNC run in ADAPTIVE MODE! So set it as such.
OR
You can also try using D3DOverrider. This lets you force games to use VSYNC or set them to use triple buffering (I don't recommend it since it can cause mouse input lag, but you may like it). Make sure to turn off VSYNC in-game if you do this.
OR
Disable VSYNC altogether. Boom shocka locka.

For additional help, check out Solved: BioShock Infinite – Errors, Crashing, Lagging, Freezing, Black Screen

That's all the fixes. Have any that we don't? Post them, porfavor!


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3 Comments

  • By Webz, April 6, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    Not gonna lie, the latest VSYNC options are terrible.

    Before the adaptive vsync "feature", games would run at a normal frame rate and just be capped at 60 or the monitor's refresh.

    Now, it can only choose between the refresh rate or HALF the refresh rate. So you get either 60 or 30 fps. It causes stuttering out the wazoo.

    And now, the only option to fix this is that crazy "adaptive" vsync. So you're either getting 60 fps, or it turns off vsync and gives you some nice, beautiful tearing.

    What were they thinking?

  • By UpwardGaming, April 8, 2013 @ 1:59 am

    It's a pretty rough cycle.

    I guess it comes down to deciding what you dislike more -- screen tearing or stuttering =P

  • By daniel, April 22, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

    thank you very much bro, this freezes were killing me, although i have 60 fps on high settings. Just played about 15 minuts after aplying your advises and it's going great! I hope it will not repeat, coz u never know.. Thanks

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